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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Philip Langridge gives intense and dramatic performances of the three most important Britten song-cycles with piano, originally written with Peter Pears in mind. With Steuart Bedford, Britten’s long-term collaborator, as accompanist, this reading of the Donne sonnet-cycle is marked by high contrasts of dynamic and tone, so that one hears echoes of Peter Grimes’s music. In the other two cycles Langridge is just as expressive…Valuably, Langridge adds two more Hardy settings, originally intended for Winter Words

John Steane
Gramophone, July 2004

Two further happy returns from the English Song series which went missing-presumed-dead when the rest of the Collins Classic catalogue was lamentably withdrawn. It's good that they are revived together, for both deserve attention..."

Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, June 2004

"A welcome return to the catalogue for these fine performances, originally released on Collins. can't fail to be impressed by the way Langridge sees each cycle whole, or by Steuart Bedford's discreet, musicianly accompaniments. Strongly recommended."

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